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Old 03-29-2012, 05:42 PM
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I decided to finally fish a "new to me" stream today. I have been planning and thinking about it for a long time. This particular stream is home to some big browns. Unfortunately, none of the really big ones made it onto my fly.

I hooked and lost a few shortly after I started, but I fished for an hour before I landed my first fish.

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This guy nailed my dropper, I set the hook and he came off. I casted in again and he inhaled the dry, I got him that time.

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Fishing on with a lot of strikes, hook ups, catching shiners and chubs, finally I picked up this small brown.

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As I made it further upstream, the water was turning a little more "rainbowish". I picked up two before deciding to call it a day. The big one refused to have his picture taken, but he really was a pretty nice fish.

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All and all, a decent day. I fished a dry/dropper all day, most catches and strikes were on the dry. I doubt I will fish this stream again, but at least I can scratch it off my list.
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:53 PM
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You are giving off a little of an "unsatisfied" vibe??? You must have some great fishing nearby if you have a day like that and "doubt you'll ever go back"? Good looking fish; I'd take a day like that right about now! We havn't really hit dry fly season up here in PA yet. Brown was the color of the day up here today also; just all on nymphs. 5 browns, 4 or 5 rainbows.
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Looks like a good weekend, I might have to request a trip with your help through the NC mountain streams some time Hopefully I'll be seeing some hatches this weekend, but its supposed to get cold again.
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You're thinking of not going back? It'd be hard for me to LEAVE that stream!
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Looks like a beautiful stream and a great day!
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Congrats on a great day of fishing. That stream looks great, like the others have stated, why are you giving up fishing there?
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I am sure I will try it again. I was just a bit disappointed in the quantity of fish caught. There are many other streams in my area that produce a lot more fish on an average day.

However, the quality was good. The smallest trout caught was 9 inches. For those that are not familiar with Western NC trout, they really don't get all that big, for the most part. 10-12 inch wild trout are pretty nice size for here. 13 - 14 inches and up are practically trophies.

Most, but not all, of our streams are pretty sterile, producing very little insect life, there simply is not enough food for them to grow very large.
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Looks like a great day i think you should try it again maybe with a little bigger nymph rig and an indicator and i have to agree to a point about the size of the fish in WNC but that is the size if you use a dry alot but with nymphs and streamers i have a buddy that regularly catches fish over 20" in WNC and in GSMNP most are browns ...
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